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America’s Cup: AC45s to be modified into fully foiling catamarans

September 19, 2014

The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the modification of the existing fleet of AC45 sailing yachts into fully foiling catamarans for competing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

An ORACLE TEAM USA foiling AC45 during testing in 2013. Photo by Guilain Grenier

An ORACLE TEAM USA foiling AC45 during testing in 2013. Photo by Guilain Grenier

Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.

Luna Rossa Challenge flying in its foiling AC45. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Luna Rossa Challenge flying in its foiling AC45. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”

The teams have undertaken the project to modify the one-design AC45s into fully foiling catamarans with a view to racing the foiling versions as early as the 2015 ACWS season.

Luna Rossa Challenge on a testing session with two foiling AC45 catamarans. Photo by Luna Rossa Challenge

Luna Rossa Challenge on a testing session with two foiling AC45 catamarans. Photo by Luna Rossa Challenge

A feasibility study has been commissioned to determine whether the mods will need to wait until the 2016 season as the timeline to make changes to the entire fleet ahead of racing in 2015 is extremely tight.

The competitors have also appointed a working group to select a Regatta Director, as required by the Protocol.

Hodgdon Yachts: New office in Monaco and new European Sales & Marketing Director

September 19, 2014

The prominent US superyacht and tender manufacturer, Hodgdon Yachts, expands by opening a new office in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location – Monaco. In addition, the company has appointed Cyril Le Sourd as new European Sales & Marketing Director.

Cyril Le Sourd - Photo credit to Guillaume Plisson

Cyril Le Sourd - Photo credit to Guillaume Plisson

Le Sourd will be operating out of the company’s new Monaco office. Le Sourd is charged to develop Hodgdon’s business activities for new sailing and motor yachts, custom tenders and superyacht interiors within the region.

As European Sales & Marketing Director, Le Sourd will be a direct liaison with clients, as well as overseeing key projects, forging business relationships and facilitating the development and growth of HODGDON Yachts in the region.

Le Sourd’s career in yachting started 14 years ago, following a degree in naval architecture. Over his time in the industry he has held a range of technical and commercial positions, including five years at OCEA shipyard as a naval architect and seven years at CMN shipyard (starting as a project engineer and eventually leading the sales and marketing for yacht building).

Commenting on his appointment at HODGDON Yachts, Le Sourd says: “I am honored to be joining such a renowned shipyard with such a prestigious heritage. I have enormous respect for the  attention to detail and dedication that is shown by  the highly skilled craftsmen at HODGDON, led by fifth-generation owner Tim Hodgdon . Building a yacht should be an enjoyable and well-planned journey, and I look forward to helping guide our European clients through their projects, from the first sketches to after-sales support”.

Commenting on the appointment, HODGDON’s CEO Tim Hodgdon said: “We are very excited to be opening an office in Monaco, at the epicenter of the European luxury yacht industry. There is no place on Earth that represents uniqueness and quality at a higher level than Monaco. It is therefore a fantastic fit for the dedication to innovation, quality and integrity that HODGDON holds central to its core business philosophy”.

“We are delighted to welcome Cyril Le Sourd on-board to represent us in Europe; his wide experience, knowledge and commitment are a great asset to our team,” commented Ed Roberts, Hodgdon’s Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing. “As well as leading sales in the region, our European expansion will include increased service support for our tenders” noted Roberts.

The opening of the Monaco office comes on the heels of the opening of the Newport, Rhode Island (USA) office. The Newport office will serve as home base to Eric Leslie in the newly established position of Sales Director for Hodgdon Yacht Services offering boatyard services as well as superyacht refit services at Hodgdon’s facilities in Maine. The Newport office will also be home base for superyacht industry veteran Holy Paterson who has served as Hodgdon’s Marketing Manager since January 2014.

Photos: Carbon Composite 48M SuperSport PJ 265 Yacht by Palmer Johnson

September 19, 2014

The all-new motor yacht PJ 265 is a ground-breaking carbon composite 48M SuperSport model, launched by the prestigious US maker Palmer Johnson this year. The striking Palmer Johnson PJ 265 yacht is one of the largest luxury vessels ever built entirely from the advanced material of carbon. Below are the photos of this jewel, taken by Chris Miller Photography.

Carbon Composite 48M SuperSport PJ 265 Yacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Carbon Composite 48M SuperSport PJ 265 Yacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Superyacht PJ 265 by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Superyacht PJ 265 by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

PJ 265 superyacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

PJ 265 superyacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Alloy sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 announced as ISS Design Awards 2014 Finalist

September 19, 2014

Continuing with her award winning ways, Alloy sailing yacht Mondango 3 (AY46) has been announced as one of the finalists in the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design Awards 2014. The 56-metre superyacht Mondango3 features striking design and naval architecture by Dubois Naval Architects, with elegant, timeless and functional interior by Reymond Langton Design. The winner will be declared in the fantastic Florida yacht holiday location – Fort Lauderdale in October.

Luxury superyacht MONDANGO 3 - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Luxury superyacht MONDANGO 3 - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Alloy luxury yacht Mondango III provides deluxe accommodation to 11 guests in 5 magnificent cabins. There is one master suite, two double cabins, two twin cabins and one pullman bed. Some of the special features of this superb performance ketch include an aft deck spa pool, two large tenders stowed below the foredeck and a swing lift centre board, allowing the yacht to slide into shallow lagoons and waterways.

AY46 Yacht MONDANGO 3 - Master Suite Image by Chris Lewis

AY46 Yacht MONDANGO 3 - Master Suite Image by Chris Lewis

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Alloy.

JFA WindQuest Yacht among ISS Design Awards 2014 Finalists

September 19, 2014

JFA Yachts is proud to announce that charter yacht WindQuest has been chosen as one of the finalists in the International Superyacht Society Design Awards 2014. Long Island 85 sailing yacht WindQuest will compete in the ‘Sail 24-40m’ category. The gala evening will take place in the lovely Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale on October 29, 2014.

JFA superyacht WindQuest under sail

JFA superyacht WindQuest under sail

Designed by Marc Lombard, superyacht WindQuest was delivered in May 2014. This fast cruising catamaran is the first of a semi-custom “Long Island” series. The hulls are aluminium-built while the deck is in composite material.

WindQuest Yacht

WindQuest Yacht

WindQuest yacht can accommodate up to 8 guests with 4 crew’s members. The main cabin is “must-have” on the Long Island 85! Stretching across the full beam of the yacht, this exceptionally large suite offers a superb view on 180°, never seen before on a sailing or even on a motor yacht of this size.

WindQuest superyacht - Exterior

WindQuest superyacht - Exterior

WindQuest superyacht had her maiden voyage in southern Britany sailing along the coasts of the English Channel and of the Atlantic between London and Lisbon before heading for the West Indies in October. This superyacht is available for charter and is scheduled to be in Europe and the West Indies the first two years, then in North America around the Great Lakes and in the West Indies the 3rd year.

Luxury yacht WindQuest - Interior

Luxury yacht WindQuest - Interior

The 85’ charter yacht WindQuest offers spaces and performs like a 100’-110’ monohull but with a reduced draught, more comfort and increased stability.

Video: Azimut 85 motor yacht SOLO CONTIGO cruising in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

September 18, 2014

Launched by the leading Italian manufacturer Azimut Yachts in 2009, motor yacht SOLO CONTIGO is a superb Azimut 85 vessel, boasting modern yet classy interiors. Superyacht SOLO CONTIGO can sleep up to 8 guests in 4 deluxe cabins. Below is a video showing this striking vessel while cruising in Fort Lauderdale, a fabulous Florida yacht charter destination. The video has been released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

New 100’ motor yacht BAHAMA SkyMaster to make her debut at FLIBS 2014

September 18, 2014

After her successful launch from the Paragon Motor Yachts’ yard in Taiwan, the all-new 100-foot motor yacht Bahama SkyMaster will make her premiere at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running next month.

100ft motor yacht SkyMaster by Paragon Motor Yachts under sea trials

100ft motor yacht SkyMaster by Paragon Motor Yachts under sea trials

Built upon Paragon’s proven hull platform that consistently yields excellent seakeeping, superyacht SkyMaster incorporates the latest in advanced construction techniques and vibration attenuation technology, which is a cornerstone of the Paragon philosophy. Whisper quiet and virtually vibration-free, this latest addition to the Paragon line is designed and engineered throughout to provide its owners and guests with the quietest, most comfortable cruising experience of any yacht in its class.

The SkyMaster yacht features submarine-class propellers driven by Seatorque shafts that are powered by MAN engines through a ZF gearbox. This configuration ensures that the entire drive train is isolated from the hull structure while the engine room itself has been designed to eliminate any transfer of vibration through the bulkheads or ceiling. This yields decibel levels that are about that of normal conversation at cruising speeds.

SkyMaster Yacht - Main Saloon

SkyMaster Yacht - Main Saloon

The SkyMaster superyacht is so named for its “Bahamas House” – a voluminous superstructure featuring vertical windows that enhance the plentiful interior space while at the same time diminishing heat and A/C load.

Within an interior designed by Marty Lowe, the luxury yacht SkyMaster comfortably accommodates eight guests in three king staterooms, a fourth queen-size stateroom and an additional bunk, and includes accommodations for a captain and three crew members, all easily serviced by three full sets of laundry machines. Her private king-size master stateroom is situated aft on the mezzanine deck to take advantage of panoramic views. Other unique interior features include a panoramic dining lounge, an innovative wheelhouse with three electric berthable helm chairs, and a spacious flybridge.

100ft motor yacht SkyMaster

100ft motor yacht SkyMaster

The SkyMaster yacht also features Paragon’s “Bahamas Cockpit” design – a large tiered mezzanine and cockpit area aft of the main salon intended as a grand entertainment platform. The covered upper mezzanine includes a relaxing seating area with plenty of storage while the lower cockpit features all of the amenities wanted at hand while enjoying Bahamian waters, including a Viking gas barbecue, wet bar, commercial-grade ice chipper and built-in cooler.

Designed specifically to tow a large center console, the SkyMaster yacht features integrated tow line stowage on the interior port and starboard sides of the cockpit. Another unique feature is the dedicated, USCG-compliant and RINA-certified, 300-gallon gasoline tank and pump designated for fueling the center console and/or tender on extended excursions.

Super yacht SkyMaster - Aft Deck

Super yacht SkyMaster - Aft Deck

“Every experienced Captain knows that the greatest causes of journey fatigue are vibration and noise,” says company founder and president Scott Robinson. “From the initial concept of the SkyMaster, we have set out to design the most comfortable cruising yacht in its class. We believe that the 100-foot Bahamas SkyMaster breaks the sound barrier for yachts in its class.”

The first SkyMaster yacht was recently launched at Paragon’s Kaohsiung, Taiwan-based shipyard, American Pacific Boatworks, and will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, 2014.

100ft superyacht SkyMaster - General arrangement

100ft superyacht SkyMaster - General arrangement

ABOUT AMERICAN PACIFIC BOATWORKS

Scott Robinson, the founder of American Pacific Boatworks and its parent company, Paragon Motor Yachts, has a longstanding relationship with and understanding of boatbuilding in Taiwan. Over the last 12 years he cultivated personal, lasting relationships with an elite group of local craftsman and suppliers while assembling a full-time team of experienced American personnel who oversee each build and the day-to-day operations. Today, American Pacific Boatworks is the only wholly American-owned and operated boat builder in Taiwan – the 6th largest yacht building nation in the world.

Based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, American Pacific Boatworks builds to meet or exceed ABYC and ABS standards, and can also accommodate RINA and MCA requirements. As the first and only builder in the country to implement carbon fiber into major structures, the state-of-the-art yard includes a dedicated in-house carbon fiber laminating shop and continues to explore and develop expanded uses for carbon fiber and new materials that will carry the company’s exacting standards into the next generation of Paragon Motor Yachts.

Two new superyacht models unveiled by Cheoy Lee Shipyard

September 18, 2014

Cheoy Lee Shipyard mixes up 144 years of heritage with an updated, sexy silhouette, in its two new models: motor yacht One Eleven (111) and Explorer 150 superyacht. Both of these were created in partnership with Jon Overing Yacht Design. They have been added to the company’s line-up in time for the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, running in the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3.

Alpha 111 Superyacht by Cheoy Lee

Alpha 111 Superyacht by Cheoy Lee

Cheoy Lee added an Express Yacht to its line in 2012 and has since introduced its 76 Express yacht, 76 Express Flybridge yacht and 87 express Sportbridge Alpha yacht models, all sleek, nimble and fast. Those qualities, thanks to performance-inspired design, resin-infused composite construction and technologically advanced modular CNC construction, are literally expanded with the new 111 superyacht.

With more interior and exterior volume, the 111’ yacht has crossover appeal for both the Express and traditional motoryacht customer. Increased fuel capacity, length and luxurious amenities will lend a motoryacht feel, complemented by a modern, ‘racy’ look, enhanced by Caterpillar C32, 1900 hp engines. While the Cheoy Lee Bravo and Global models still serve the traditional motoryacht customer on which Cheoy Lee has built its reputation over five generations of shipbuilding, the 111 yacht adds a new dimension.

“We will now literally have a yacht design for ever ocean-going style and taste,” says Gene Weeks, Express Project Manager, “We can customize many aspects of the interior and exterior layouts and create a different look because of our modular construction. Like building blocks, Cheoy Lee can assemble the desired configuration combining precisely fitted pieces, offering flexibility with structural integrity.”

Cheoy Lee Alpha 111 Yacht

Cheoy Lee Alpha 111 Yacht

Explorer 150

Following the popularity of the Cheoy Lee long-range Explorer yachts, the company recognized that a new generation redesign could further enhance the noteworthy efficiency of the fast displacement steel hull. The powerful single engine Caterpillar 3512B, with a diesel propulsion engine forward as backup, combined with the large rudder and hydrodynamic bulbous hull, deliver 35% lower fuel consumption. This efficiency is strategic, given fuel prices and Cheoy Lee’s intent to add a ‘green’ factor to its Explorer series.

While the Explorer yacht’s heritage lies in Cheoy Lee’s tradition of building durable, long-range commercial ships, the luxury consumer amenities of the model are unsurpassed by other such vessels in its class. The Explorer can travel self-sustained for long distances without sacrificing a single creature comfort. The increased fuel capacity now enables travel from 7-9,000 nautical miles, enabling yachters to explore multiple destinations in one cruise – a true advantage for families who desire a long vacation or expedition style travelers who want to stay in motion.

New superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 design - Image credit to 2014 Cheoy Lee Shipyards and Overing Yacht Designs

New superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 design - Image credit to 2014 Cheoy Lee Shipyards and Overing Yacht Designs

The new 150 Explorer yacht also has increased living space, in keeping with the design philosophies of both Cheoy Lee and Jon Overing. Utilizing the full capacity of the vessel’s depth, piping and wiring are all conveniently located beneath the sole, easily accessible for maintenance, leaving more efficient use of space above for spacious cabins, salon and galley areas.

Jon Overing’s design expertise in larger yachts is ideally suited to Cheoy lee’s newest projects. His early training with Dutch naval architect Fran van Benken and Ingalls Shipbuilding provided a broad-based knowledge of commercial vessels and warships, complemented by his own design work that favors deducting the most usable space for a yacht’s hull.

“To keep the high level of efficiency plus a roomy hull is a challenge, but we have achieved that with these boats, “ says Overing. “B.Y. (of Cheoy Lee) and I have known each other for many years and the time was right for us to collaborate – the 150 Explorer and 111 are very exciting projects.”

The Cheoy Lee 150 Explorer yacht’s three and a half deck layout provides for great interior volume and versatility. “It is the ideal platform for a global explorer with our fast displacement hull,” Overing states. “It is a traditional, conservative boat with great interior space for amenities.”

Likewise, the increased volume of the Alpha 111 gave Overing the opportunity to provide even more comfort and luxury. One of the elements was the ‘Beach Club’ feature – a full sized garage compartment at the same level as the swim platform. “The space is versatile, providing room for shaded lounge chairs with water access, a 12-13’ tender or a jet ski and a couple of scooters,” says Overing. “I don’t know of another production boat of this size that has these elements.”

He calls the 111 superyacht ‘a little more race’ looking and is pleased with the elongated entry and forefront design, making the planning hull efficient and fast. “Cheoy Lee’s construction is very high-teach and advanced and they have been successful in taking weight out of the boat with infusion, composites and honeycomb interiors – that is very important to performance,” Overing adds. There are two designs planned – one for the American market with an extended hard top and one for the European market with a more open flybridge. There are also four and five stateroom configurations, the former with the master amidships and a country kitchen on the main deck forward and the latter with the master on the main deck forward and room for a Captain’s cabin with an en suite head.

“These boats are designed based on requested features,” Overing explains. “So Cheoy Lee answers its customer needs by providing options – these are the flagships of the model lines.”

Technical Specifications of Cheoy Lee 111 superyacht

LOA: 34m (111’5’’)

Beam: 24’4’’

Draft: 6’33’’

Engines: Caterpillar C32 Acert 1,900 hp

Gensets: 2x Kohler

Fuel: 5,300 USG

Water: 900 USG

Holding: 500 USG

Displacement: 220,000 lbs.

Range: 2,000 NM (est) at 10 knots

Cruise: 20-21 knots; Max 23-24 knots (est)

150 Explorer Yacht – Specifications

LOA: 151’8’’

Beam: 30’8’’

Draft: 10’6’’

Engines: Caterpillar 35128B – 1911 hp

Gensets: 3x Northern Light 99 KW

Fuel: 25,000 USG

Water: 3,100 USG

Displacement: 1,299,000 lbs.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Cheoy Lee.

Video: Azimut 116 motor yacht ABIE at Haulover inlet, Miami, Florida

September 16, 2014

Luxury motor yacht ABIE is a beautiful Azimut 116 vessel, launched by the well known Italian builder Azimut Yachts in 2005. Superyacht ABIE has been superbly penned by Stefano Righini, with striking interior design by Carlo Galeazzi. Below is a video showing ABIE at Haulover inlet, a lovely Miami yacht charter destination, positioned in Florida. The video has been released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Paragon Motor Yachts launch 30m motor yacht SKYMASTER

September 15, 2014

The all-new 30m (100’) motor yacht Skymaster has been launched by Paragon Motor Yachts. Superyacht Skymaster is expected to make her premiere at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, running in the lovely Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3.

100ft superyacht Skymaster under sea trials - Image credit to Paragon Motor Yachts

100ft superyacht Skymaster under sea trials - Image credit to Paragon Motor Yachts

The new 100′ luxury yacht Skymaster is the result of a collaboration between Paragon and current Paragon yacht owners. This vessel features vertical windows (“Bahamas House”), which create more interior volume and cut down on incoming heat from the sun. The new “Bahamas Cockpit” design features a large mezzanine and allows for the Center Console to be pulled over to the island.

Super yacht Skymaster boasts three king staterooms, a fourth queen-size stateroom and an additional bunk, along with accommodation for four crew members.